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Dr. Mark Arcario joins the Department of Anesthesiology

Dear Colleagues – 

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Mark Arcario joined the Department of Anesthesiology at Washington University in St. Louis on July 25, 2022.  He will have an appointment in the Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology where he will perform his clinical work and he will have a research appointment in the Division of Basic Research within the Department of Anesthesiology. 

Dr. Arcario completed his undergraduate work at the University of Florida before earning a PhD (Biophysics & Computational Biology) at the University of Illinois and his MD at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana. He was then recruited to the Department of Anesthesiology and our innovative residency, the Academic Scholars Advancement Program (ASAP).  This program provided him with an accelerated clinical training experience including a formal fellowship in Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology while allowing him a significant amount of dedicated research time during his training. Thankfully, we have been successful in recruiting him to stay at Washington University in St. Louis as faculty.

His research is currently focused on the modulation of ligand-gated ion channels by free fatty acids as well as the effect of membrane structure on ion channel function. His research interests broadly focus on using physics-based computational modeling to better understand the role of the cellular membrane on membrane protein structure and function. Dr. Arcario has recently been awarded Foundation for Anesthesia Education & Research Mentored Research Training Grant in which he will be working with Wayland Cheng, MD, PhD, as well as Grace Brannigan, PhD. He is an impressive physician-scientist and we are lucky to have recruited him to our institution.

Please welcome Dr. Arcario as a new faculty member at the School of Medicine and Department of Anesthesiology.

Best wishes,
Tracey, TJ, and Jose

Tracey Stevens, MD
Deputy Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology

Thomas J. Graetz, MD, MBA
Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology

Jose Moron-Concepcion, PhD
Chief, Division of Basic Research (DBR)